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Published September 11, 2013, 09:22 AM

34th Annual Indian Summer Quilt Show Scheduled at Fargo Civic

Viewers, quilters, bargain-seekers and collectors are expected to flock to the 34th Annual Indian Summer Quilt Show and Conference scheduled September 27, 28 and 29 in Centennial Hall at the Fargo Civic Center, 207 4th St. N. Fargo. Sponsored by the Quilters’ Guild of ND, the three day event features over 35 classes and lectures, an exhibit of over 200 quilts, daily demonstrations, a packed vendor area featuring quilt shops and related business from across ND and MN, and a small quilt silent auction.

Viewers, quilters, bargain-seekers and collectors are expected to flock to the 34th Annual Indian Summer Quilt Show and Conference scheduled September 27, 28 and 29 in Centennial Hall at the Fargo Civic Center, 207 4th St. N. Fargo. Sponsored by the Quilters’ Guild of ND, the three day event features over 35 classes and lectures, an exhibit of over 200 quilts, daily demonstrations, a packed vendor area featuring quilt shops and related business from across ND and MN, and a small quilt silent auction.

Featured along with the hundreds of local and regional quilts, is the massive The Supper by Texas dentist, Dr. Donald E. Locke. Inspired by Leonardo DaVinci’s painting, “The Last Supper,” Locke spent two and a half years constructing his 5’ x 15’ masterpiece using 51,818 one half inch squares of fabric. Locke will be answering questions and discussing the piece during exhibit hours.

Former Quilt Show Chair, Mary Ann Waxler says, “The Centennial Hall at the Civic Center is transformed overnight. The room that hosts Pride of Dakota booths and Christmas Craft events will be turned into a colorful maze of pieced and appliquéd quilts, wall hangings, quilted clothing and accessories. Around the perimeter of the room, vendors pack bolts and boxes of fabrics, trims, beads, buttons, patterns, books and quilting tools into every square inch of display space.” “Of course,” she adds, “They do leave room for shoppers and the cash register!”

Mothers can keep younger viewers entertained looking for various shapes, animals and motifs in a Quilt Scavenger Hunt created for this event. School groups, bus tours and organizations are encouraged to plan field trips and gatherings to view and discuss the quilts as a group.

It’s not too late to take a quilt class during the three day event. According to ISQSC Chair Muriel Richardson, “We encourage every interested person to join us to experience quilting. Registration is open and we have beginning, intermediate and advanced level classes in almost every technique. If you don’t want to do hand work, machine classes are available. If you don’t want to bring your machine, you can take a design class or an applique class or a hand-workmanship class.” Class descriptions and registration materials are available at area quilt shops or online While some classes are filled, registration remains open for those that have space available. For updated class listings check www.ndquilts.com.

In addition to taking classes, viewing quilts, and shopping the vendor area, attendees have the opportunity to see demonstrations of various tools and techniques, and may also bid on small quilts, which are donated by Guild members and sold in a silent auction that runs Friday 8 am – Sunday at 2 pm. Proceeds from the Small Quilt Silent Auction are designated to support various education projects. Proceeds from the 2013 auction will be donated to African Soul, American Heart

Admission is $5 per person; children under the age of 12 are admitted free of charge. Show hours are 8 am – 7:30 pm Friday, 8 am – 5:30 pm Saturday and 10 am – 4 pm Sunday.

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